Australian metadata retention laws commence As of 13 October 2015, the amendments to the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979, which require Australian telecommunication companies and internet service providers to retain customers' metadata for two years, have come into force. However, many of the affected organisations have submitted requests for extensions of up to 18 months to implement the requirements. Affected organisations were encouraged to apply before the October start date by submitting a Data Retention Implementation Plan to be approved by the Communications Access Coordinator at the Attorney General's Department. While the Department has not confirmed the number of approved extensions or exemptions, it is understood many in the industry were not compliant as of 13 October 2015. If an extension is approved, the affected organisation is then required to comply with its Data Retention Implementation Plan throughout the extension period to work towards compliance by 12 April 2017 at the latest. For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Allgrove, Toby Patten, Matthew Dempsey or Emma Burn.